H20 Frogs place third at CSU Early Bird Invitational

R.J. Hesselberg swept the diving events at the CSU Early Bird Invitational

R.J. Hesselberg swept the diving events at the CSU Early Bird Invitational

Oct. 20, 2007

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Both the TCU men and women's swimming and diving teams earned third-place finishes at the CSU Early Bird Invitational on Saturday at the Edora Pool and Ice Center in Fort Collins, Colo.

The TCU women finished third out of 10 schools with 532.5 points. Mountain West Conference opponents Colorado State (1,027) and Wyoming (532.5) placed first and second, respectively.

A pair of freshmen recorded the high individual finishes for TCU on Saturday. Mychala Lynch placed third in the 100-fly out of 60 competitors with a time of 59.70. Natalie Melenric followed in fifth with a time of 1:00.28. Fellow newcomer Brittney Martinez also placed third in the 100-back out of 71 participants with a time of 1:00.64.

The Frogs faired well in the 400-IM event, as Cheryl Townsend swam to a fifth-place finish with a time of 4:45.32, while Meredith Grubb placed seventh (4:48.43).

Other notable performances came from freshmen Melanie Cruthirds and Nikka Campora. Cruthirds, a native of Houston, Texas, finished the 200-free in a time of 1:58.31 to place fifth, while Campora finished the one-meter diving event in seventh with a score of 205.90.

 

 

The TCU men also placed third out of six schools with 757 points. MWC opponents Air Force (1,027.5) and Wyoming (955) finished first and second, respectively.

TCU senior Jonathon Berrettini highlighted action again for the Frogs, taking the top spot in the 100-back with a time of 50.88, followed by freshman Jeff Gettel in second (52.73).

R.J. Hesselberg also won an event for TCU on Saturday, earning a score of 319.65 in six dives in the three-meter. Kyle Callens, a freshman from Deer Park, Texas, also had an impressive showing in the three-meter dive, finishing third with a score of 266.95.

The men had a solid outing in the 400-IM, as Ben Biefnes (4:21.78), Edgar Peyro (4:23.95) and Gettel (4:24.45) finished fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

Peyro, a freshman from El Paso, Texas, also finished sixth in the 100-breast with a time of 1:00.72, followed by Cameron Allred in seventh (1:01.53).

Another TCU freshman, Bryce Orser, recorded a sixth-place finish in the 200-free with a clocking of 1:47.50.

In relay action, the 200-medley team of Berrettini, Allred, Jason Hauck and Scott McCracken placed second with a time of 1:35.70, while the squad of Ben Iannacone, Orser, Jeff Hendricks and Biefnes swam to a third-place finish in the 800-free relay (7:09.98).

The TCU men and women will return to the pool on Oct. 26, when the Frogs will host Centenary, UT-Permian Basin, Incarnate Word and Northern Arizona at the University Recreation Center.

CSU Early Bird Invitational
Edora Pool and Ice Center - Fort Collins, Colo.

Women's Team Scores
1. Colorado State - 1,274 pts.
2. Wyoming - 871.5 pts.
3. TCU - 532.5 pts.
4. Northern Colorado - 402 pts.
5. Nebraska-Omaha - 194.5 pts.
6. Air Force - 180 pts.
7. Colorado - 165.5 pts.
8. Metro State - 78 pts.
9. Colorado School of Mines - 46 pts.
10. Mesa State - 28 pts.

Men's Team Scores
1. Air Force - 1,027.5 pts.
2. Wyoming - 955 pts.
3. TCU - 757 pts.
4. Colorado - 294.5 pts.
5. Metro State - 264 pts.
6. Colorado School of Mines - 220 pts.


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